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There’s nothing transgressive about opera using sex to sell tickets

26 May 2016 16:58

Fluffy bunnies. Human-size, pink and white fluffy bunnies. Twerking. The image has never left me, ever since an ill-fated date…

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

16 May 2016 11:20

Adelson e Salvini Barbican First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to…

The gang rape was the least offensive thing about Royal Opera’s new William Tell

30 June 2015 16:14

Guillaume Tell Royal Opera House, in rep until 17 July There’s no such thing as a tasteful rape scene — or…

La Donna del Lago, Met Opera, review: Colm Tóibín on a night of masterful singing

18 February 2015 11:13

This is an extract from this week’s magazine, available from tomorrow. La Donna del LagoMetropolitan Opera, New York, in rep…